Work at Meyers Nave

We invite you to explore the employment opportunities at Meyers Nave.  We promote an environment that encourages and supports integrity, diversity, professional growth and personal fulfillment for everyone working at our firm--attorneys and staff alike.

From the firm’s humble beginning as a small office in San Leandro with five attorneys and three staff, we have grown to six offices with over 150 attorneys and staff.  New lateral and entry level attorneys, summer associates, and staff join Meyers Nave every year.  We believe our steady and stable growth over the past 25 years speaks volumes about the success of the firm and the people who work here.

We hire people who share our values and commitment to excellence, hard work, diversity, a sense of humor and a belief that people who balance their personal and professional lives make productive and fulfilled employees.

Our professional staff enjoy compensation and benefits that are competitive with those of other California firms. Our comprehensive benefits plan includes health, vision and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick days, and retirement savings plans. 

Meyers Nave is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect the right of every person to participate in all aspects of employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, citizenship, veteran status, gender expression and/or identity, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.   

JOB POSTING:  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PARALEGAL MANAGER

JOB SUMMARY

The Professional Development and Paralegal Manager is responsible for developing and administering Meyers Nave’s professional development and employee training programs, and for supervising the Firm’s paralegals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Essential Functions Relating to the Firm’s Professional Development Program

Develop and administer classroom, interactive, and web-based training programs (the Firm’s “Professional Development Program” or “Meyers Nave Academy”) in substantive legal and business topics including but not limited to:

Business development topics such as marketing, successful business pitches, and personal business development plans;

Trial advocacy;

Deposition skills;

Negotiation and mediation skills;

Legal and general writing skills;

Oral advocacy and public speaking skills;

eDiscovery;

Complex litigation;

Law firm accounting; and

Ethical issues.

Partner, where appropriate, with Firm attorneys and with external educational providers (e.g., National Institute of Trial Advocay, etc.) when administering the Professional Development Program;

Ensure that individual segments of the Professional Development Program, where appropriate, are certified for CLE credit, track participant attendance, and follow up with participants regarding CLE credit;

Develop and administer practice group specific training programs in substantive legal and business topics as required by Practice Group Leaders (“PGLs”); this essential functions requires frequent interaction with PGLs;

Partner with the Firm’s Department of Information Technology to administer employee training for Firm technology;

Work with Firm management, principals, PGLs and attorneys to identify core attorney competencies;

Work with associates and junior lawyers to develop individualized professional and career development plans through evaluations, feedback, mentoring, and career planning.

Ensure that past program material (including video, electronic and paper material) are archived and easily accessible to Firm personnel; and

Track Firm attorneys’and paralegals’internal and external CLE education hours to ensure that employees remain compliant with State Bar requirements, communicate with employees regarding individual State Bar reporting deadlines, and assist employees with individual reporting.

Essential Functions Relating to Paralegal Management

Coordinate paralegal workflow among Firm Practice Groups to maintain efficiency and ensure that paralegals meet billable hour requirements;

Work with paralegals to develop individual professional development goals and monitor paralegals’ progress towards these goals;

Develop short and long-term paralegal program objectives, initiatives and procedures, and continuously evaluate program effectiveness to ensure the delivery of exceptional paralegal services;

Work closely with attorneys and administrative departments to identify and implement best practices in providing the Firm with paralegal support; 

Continuously assess paralegal staffing levels and make recommendations to the Director of Human Resources regarding staffing-level adjustments;

Recruit, screen, and interview paralegals candidates; make paralegal hiring recommendations to the Director of Human Resources;

Administer paralegal performance evaluations and continuously improve the paralegal performance evaluation process;

Coordinate with the Department of Human Resources regarding paralegals orientation;

Ensure that paralegals comply with Firm guidelines, standards and practices;

Maintain an “open door” policy for paralegals coaching and counseling;

Act as a liaison on behalf of paralegals to the Firm’s Departments of Human Resources, IT, Marketing, Finance, Risk, and work with administrative directors as necessary; and

Monitor paralegal expenses.

Essential Functions Applicable to Both Areas of Responsibility

Perform special projects as assigned by the Director of Human Resources;

Travel among all Meyers Nave offices and work extended hours as needed;

Maintain composure and work efficiently and accurately during highly stressful circumstances;

Demonstrate excellent customer support;

Work cordially, cooperatively and productively with Firm employees; and

Other functions as assigned.

Management retains the right to add to or change the functions of this position at any time.

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Maintains a professional network and key resource contacts.

QUALIFICATIONS

A minimum of five (5) years of law firm experience and a four (4) year degree or equivalent work experience is required.

Prior work experience in California as a paralegal and current ability and credentials to work as a paralegal under Business and Professions Code;

Strong leadership, coaching and conflict resolution skills;

Excellent interpersonal skills, including but not limited to an ability to interact effectively with and supervise employees with varied backgrounds and levels of responsibility and an ability to communicate authoritatively and diplomatically with attorneys;

Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and a command of the English language, including proper spelling and grammar;

Ability to juggle multiple projects and respond quickly to changing priorities;

Strong organizational skills;

Ability to work well under stress;

Strong analytical thinking skills;

Ability to work independently with little or no direction;

Ability to effectively function in a team environment, including but not limited to the ability to be open minded, cordial and cooperative with Firm employees; and

Computer literacy and familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation programs (proficiency in MS Office 2010 preferred).

JOB POSTING: DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Director of Risk Management is responsible for supervising the Firm’s Risk, Calendaring, Conflicts and Records Departments and for oversight of the Firm’s risk management practices and procedures. The Director of Risk Management takes a leadership role promoting the Firm’s culture, which encourages employees to attain maximum productivity and professional growth in a healthy, respectful environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Develop, document and communicate best practice policies and workflow procedures to achieve excellent service levels in Risk, Conflicts, Calendaring and Records Departments;

In conjunction with the Human Resources Department, supervise the Firm’s Risk, Calendaring, Records, and Conflicts Departments’ employees. This includes but is not limited to providing ongoing performance feedback, holding regular staff meetings and monitoring and supporting the professional growth of these employees;

Develop and deliver training to attorneys and legal support staff on Risk, Calendaring, Conflicts and Records Departments’ policies and procedures.

Ensure that the Conflicts Department follows best practices and performs all functions associated with conflict of interest monitoring and management for new business intake and attorneys. This includes but is not limited to analyzing conflicts searches, generating conflict reports, maintaining the Firm’s conflicts-of-interest database, and responding to user inquiries;

Draft and/or review waiver/disclosure letters prior to attorney review;

Draft and/or review proposed engagement letters/client contracts for compliance with Firm policies;

Establish and oversee procedures to capture updated information on Firm engagements and contracts;

Manage matter transfers and reassignments associated with attorney departures, identify and communicate matters targeted for closure, and effect matter closures in compliance with Firm policy;

Review and analyze lateral and contract attorneys’ prior work history, prepare related conflicts reports, and prepare summary to clear conflicts on potential lateral hires;

Work with responsible attorneys to implement ethical walls for incoming laterals or contract attorneys when deemed appropriate;

Review proposed responses to client audit letter requests to assure accuracy and compliance with Firm policies and procedures;

Coordinate with Firm’s billing employees on risk issues relating to billing and client audits;

Conduct annual audit of conflict clearance procedures and practice;

Conduct annual audit of Firm risk management policies and procedures, and of employees’ knowledge of and compliance with these policies and procedures;

Ensure that Firm employees comply with Firm’s risk management policies and procedures. The Director of Risk management is required to frequently interact with Firm Principals to ensure Firm-wide compliance;

Oversee annual application for and renewal of liability insurance policies;

Oversee the Firm’s library;

Plan, direct and supervise the Records Department which includes, but is not limited to, records maintenance, organization and distribution policies and practices, and recommending changes thereto;

Plan, direct and supervise the Calendar Department which includes, but is not limited to, monitoring and interpreting court rules, creating and providing docket reports to employees and maintaining Firm’s calendar docket database;

Conduct annual audit of calendaring and docketing procedures and practice;

Ensure that the Calendar Department employees timely and accurately respond to calendar information requests;

Maintain contacts with the Firm’s outside ethics and conflicts counsel; 

Perform special projects as assigned by the Executive Director and Executive Committee;

Maintain a current level of professional knowledge in risk, calendaring, conflicts and records functions and administration;

Maintain composure and work efficiently and accurately during highly stressful circumstances;

Demonstrate excellent customer support;

Work cordially, cooperatively and productively with Firm employees; and

Other functions as assigned.

Management retains the right to add to or change the functions of this position at any time.

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Maintain contacts with counterparts in other law firms and individuals in related associations.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

J.D. from an accredited law school and 5 or more years of work experience in a law firm;

Considerable knowledge of conflicts-of-interest concepts and rules, business-intake principles and practices, and familiarity with key firm business processes that relate to conflicts and business intake;

Demonstrated expertise in calendaring systems;

Strong leadership, coaching and conflict resolution skills;

Excellent interpersonal skills, including but not limited to an ability to interact effectively with and supervise employees with varied backgrounds and levels of responsibility and an ability to communicate authoritatively and diplomatically with attorneys.

Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and a command of the English language, including proper spelling and grammar;

Ability to juggle multiple projects and respond quickly to changing priorities;

Strong organizational skills;

Ability to work well under stress;

Strong analytical thinking skills;

Ability to work independently with little or no direction;

Ability to effectively function in a team environment, including but not limited to the ability to be open minded, cordial and cooperative with Firm employees;

Computer literacy and familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation programs.

Meyers Nave is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and benefits. Meyers Nave does not discriminate on the basis of any protected category, including but not limited to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Michael Hughes, Director of Human Resources by email to meyersjobs@meyersnave.com, or by mail to 555 12th Street, Suite 1500, Oakland, CA 94607.

To find out more about joining Meyers Nave, please contact Human Resources at meyersjobs@meyersnave.com.

If you are interested in working for us as a member of our professional staff, please submit your resume and cover letter to Human Resources:

  • Via Email: meyersjobs@meyersnave.com
  • Via Fax: 510.444.1108
  • Via US Post: 555 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

We are an EOE and offer a competitive salary and benefits package. No telephone calls please.